Cleveland Browns young surprise players in 2022 preseason

Jerome Ford, Browns. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Jerome Ford, Browns. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

We should see starters for the Cleveland Browns in preseason game three, but these young players have been pleasant surprises so far.

The Cleveland Browns head into their final “dress rehearsal” game with a 1-1 preseason record. To this point, we haven’t seen a lot of the starters, but the coaching staff has got an in-depth look at the young guys fighting to make this roster.

With Andrew Berry giving up so many assets to go all in on Deshaun Watson, it’s important that he draft extremely well to keep this roster competitive. It’s often a sixth or seventh-round pick that can contribute in a big way that can make or break you as a Super Bowl contender.

Here are three young surprises for the Browns thus far.

Josh Dobbs – Quarterback

Josh Dobbs was drafted in 2017, but he really hasn’t ever gotten a chance to play. At age 27 he isn’t a young buck anymore, but he also doesn’t have a lot of miles on him. I will admit a lot of the plays he has made this preseason have come on broken plays and you won’t always be that lucky vs. a defense with a true game plan.

However, he has made some timely throws, made plays with his feet, and not forced anything that led to a nasty turnover.

I’m not arguing he should be the starter, but I’m happy to have him as the backup before Watson’s return.

Tony Fields – Linebacker

Tony Fields is one of those undersized linebackers that can fly around the field. He’s the perfect fit for the Joe Wood 4-2-5 scheme, but we saw very few snaps from him last year. Most of his snaps only came on special teams.

He’s in a crowded room once again, but Fields has really played well this preseason with 13 tackles in two games. He has a nose for the ball and doesn’t look to be getting overpowered which was the biggest concern.

Jerome Ford – Running Back

Cleveland needs another running back like they need a hole in the head, but they may have found one with rookie Jerome Ford. The fifth-round pick has looked fantastic running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.

With 160 total yards and two touchdowns this preseason, he has been by far the most productive offensive piece behind Dobbs. I don’t see him ready to challenge Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt for snaps, but he certainly will get a few looks during the regular season with such a strong showing.

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